Join Gage Academy of Art Artistic Director Gary Faigin on Wednesdays to learn and discuss modern cultural and art trends.
Making Waves with Wood: The Provocative Sculptures of Humaira Abid
Location: University House Wallingford
Wednesday February 20, 6:30 pm

Humaira Abid is a contemporary artist who was born in Pakistan. Her striking and original wood carvings examine women’s roles, relationships, and taboos from a cross-cultural perspective. She has emerged on the local art scene as a unique voice, defying stereotypes and deepening our concept of her often-misunderstood homeland. We’ll talk to her about her journey to her current material and subject matter, and the variety of responses she has received to her work, both here and elsewhere.

Visions of Light and Space: The Radiant Constructions of Iole Allesandrini
Location: Capitol Cider Performance Space
Wednesday April 17, 6:30 pm

Iole Allesandrini defies easy classification. Her works straddle the boundary between art and architecture, sculpture and installation. Her permanent, public works, like her recent re-do of the fountain at Westlake Park, have made her art accessible to a wide audience, few of whom are likely aware to the complex ideas and inspirations that inform her pieces. We’ll look at both her stand-alone sculptures and her public art, taking about the common impulses and challenges of taking her ideas to the streets.